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Meribel

Meribel is a ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, situated near the town of Moutiers. Meribel refers to three neighbouring villages in the Les Allues commune of the Savoie département of France, near the town of Moûtiers, called Meribel Centre, Meribel-Mottaret and Meribel Village. The villages are within the Vanoise National Park and a part of the Les Trois Vallées interlinked ski system.

Meribel Les Allues is a ski resort that was developed adjacent to the traditional hamlet of Morel, with its centre situated at about 1400 metres above sea level. It was founded by a Scotsman, Colonel Peter Lindsay, who was looking for a new site for Winter Sports away from the ski resorts of Austria and Germany, because of the growing strength of the Nazi regime. In 1936, he visited the town of Les Allues for the first time. He then imagined how the town could become a ski resort. Firstly, he decided to create a property company in order to develop finances strong enough to build the resort. In 1938, the first lift was placed above Les Allues. A year later, he began the construction of the first chalets and hotels in the hamlet of Meribel. Three years later, the war would stop the development of the resort, but when it was over, development continued. Lindsay used specialized architects, Paul Grillo, Grand Prix de Rome (1937), and his partner Christian Durupt, so that all buildings would be in harmony with the Savoyard style. For this to be realised, wood and stone must be used for the walls, with slanted slate roofs. In 1950, the Burgin-Saulire gondola was built to link the resort to Courchevel. Peter Lindsay's family continue to hold a financial stake in the resort, and his grandchildren still ski in the resort to this day. Peter Lindsay's ashes and those of his wife are scattered on the Burgin mountain.

Meribel was home to the 1992 Winter Olympics. It hosted the ice hockey and the women's alpine skiing events. Until 2011, Meribel was the host to the acclaimed Altitude Festival, with prestigious acts such as KT Tunstall, Marcus Brigstocke and Omid Dijalili performing in the bars and nightclubs around the resort. For 2011, it has been announced that the festival will be moved to Austria, with the organiser Richard Letts citing a reduction in support from the Meribel Tourist Office.

The ski resort is part of the Trois Vallées ski area. The Three Vallees area comprises 180 lifts, 335 Marked Runs and over 130 km of Cross Country Tracks. The Three Vallees was expanded about ten years ago to incorporate a fourth valley, though the area kept the name 3 Vallees. The area comprises the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Les Menuires-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle.

The resort comprises the sub villages of Meribel-Mottaret, at an altitude of 1750m towards the head of the Allues valley, and Meribel Village at 1400m on the road to Courchevel.

The most convenient way is to get private transfers from Grenoble to Meribel, transfers from Lyon to Meribel, transfers from Chambery to Meribel, or transfers from Geneva to Meribel.

We offer transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble to Meribel.